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Photos & Highlights from the 1st Day of Business at THE Domain Conference Monday in Florida

After a special Startup Saturday event and the Opening Night Party Sunday night, THE Domain Conference 2016 (TDC) got down to business Monday (September 12) at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Above & below: In the first business session at THE Domain Conference 2016 Monday morning (Sept. 12), an expert panel discussed How to Weed Good Names and Extensions From the Bad. Those are the dais included (left to right): Moderator Michael Cyger (DomainSherpa.com), Joe Styler (GoDaddy.com), Crews Gore (InterNetX.com), Daniel Schindler (Donuts.domains), Monte Cahn (RightOfTheDot.com) and Jeff Sass (.CLUB). Before the session began Broward County Mayor Martin Kiar welcomed attendees from around the world to Fort Lauderdale.

Above: Next up Brett Napoli (AmbitionInsight.com) delivered a well-received presentation The Big Picture - How to Turn a Domain Name Into a Business, a popular topic that Brett had also detailed in depth while helping lead TDC's Startup Saturday event for local entrepreneurs.

Above & Below: During the Verisign-sponsored noon luncheon Monday, Sedo.com CEO Tobias Flaitz came over from company headquarters in Cologne, Germany to deliver TDC's first Keynote Address - one that encouraged industry collaborations and partnerships to benefit all. Tobias made the trip even though he knew he would have to rush back to Germany for one of Sedo's biggest annual events - today's opening of the giant DMEXCO show that will draw tens of thousands of digital marketing professionals to Cologne.

Above: On the way back to the main conference room we paused in the Exhibit Hall (located immediately outside the conference hall) to check out some of the sponsor's booths. Attendees love to pick up "swag" - company T-Shirts, pens,  playing cards - you name it - anything with the company logo on it - and the innovative marketers at .CLUB offered a wide array of it. (Left to right): Angela (.CLUB) welcomes booth visitors Eddie & Barbara Sixto.

Below: Coffee.Club's free coffee and coffee cake was also a very popular draw in the Exhibit Hall - all provided by company founder Bill McClure who was on hand for the show.

Above: Payoneer.com's Brandon Abbey and Matthew Watts had a prime position right next to the Conference Room entry doors. Brandon, the former President at Escrow.com, is helping global payments giant Payoneer expand their operations in the domain space.

Above: The afternoon session at TDC Monday began with an exploration of How Will .Brands Affect the Market? The panelists included Amazon.com's Stacey King, RightOfTheDot.com's Monte Cahn (both seen above), Jebidiah Burnett (Rightside.co) and Daniel Schindler (Donuts.domains) 

Below: Next up, leading industry attorneys took the stage to discuss UDRP & Legal Issues. The distinguished panelists included Canada's Zak Muscovitch (DNAttorney.com), seen here, attorney/author Gerald Levine from New York City, Phil Corwin (Virtual Law LLC and ICA Legal Counsel) and Stevan Lieberman (Greenberg & Lieberman LLC).

Above: After the attorney's session we visited the Escrow.Domains booth - a company founded by Stevan Lieberman (left) who was featured on the legal panel discussion. Shannon Gregory helped Stevan introduce Escrow.Domain services to attendees.

Below: Industry veterans (left to right) Chad Folkening (ECorp.com), Mark Daniel (DomainHoldings.com) and Dr. Chris Hartnett were among the attendees from around the world at TDC 2016

Above & below: The final session of the day was devoted to fun and games thanks to a Larry Fischer creation - Domain or Not a Domain? It was a live quiz show in which three two-person teams had to guess whether a domain name Larry announced was actually registered or not registered. It is a lot tougher to guess right than you might think! Above you see the three teams - Alan Shiflett (GoDaddy) and Andee Hill (Donuts.domains), then Sevan Derderian (Uniregistry) and Michael Cyger (Domain Sherpa), followed by Braden Pollock (LegalBandMarketng.com) and Tessa Holcomb (Igloo.com). Larry Fischer sits on the stage (waiting to pounce) while TDC Co-Founder  Howard Neu tells everyone how the game works.

In the end, Braden & Tessa (below) eked out a come from behind win to pick up a prize from Larry - a cocktail recipe book that no doubt came in handy at the Igloo.com Suite Party Monday night. In a second round of the game the entire audience participated where the last man standing - having gotten every question right - was Steven Kaziyev of NewYorkMedia.com. Steven won a ticket to the 2017 edition of THE Domain Conference for his expertise!

Above: With the business day out of the way, many attendees gathered in the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Lounge or scattered around town to corporate client appreciation functions like a Donuts.domains dinner just down the street at Fort Lauderdale's outstanding Market 17 restaurant. Here Donuts Co-Founder and EVP Dan Schindler uses a chair as a makeshift stage to welcome his guests.

Below: (left to right) Dan Schindler (Donuts), Jebidiah Burnett (Rightside.co) and Andee Hill (Donuts) at the Donuts.domains client appreciation dinner.

Above: Later Monday night it was time for Igloo.com's traditional open to all Suite Party. Igloo Co-Founder Gregg McNair started the function and while Gregg could not attend this year, his fellow Igloo Co-Founder Tessa Holcomb (with guest Pinky Brand here) picked up the flag and, with her team, carried it into the wee hours of the night.

Below: Some of the first arrivers at the Igloo.com party (left to right in front): Tessa Holcomb, Larry Fischer, Kamila Sekiewicz, Michael Cyger and Mark Levine. Magically elevated behind them are Eddie Sixto and Steven Kaziyev.

As I write this, the Tuesday business day has also concluded and we are now getting ready for this morning's closing event - another tradition - the Farewell Breakfast. Tuesday (day and night) was so busy I haven't had a chance to even get through the photos yet and we will be heading back to Tampa right after breakfast, so I will have the Tuesday Photos & Highlights, as well as those from the Farewell Breakfast, in my next post that will come out Thursday when I will be back home and in a position to put it all together for you.

(Posted September 14, 2016)

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